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May 27 2020

Accessing Archives in the Age of Covid-19

UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive

Lecture by Maureen Russell, Archivist, UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive, Adjunct Professor, UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology

Archives and libraries, educational, research, cultural heritage, and memory institutions across the globe are dealing with the unprecedented effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Even though the physical buildings may be closed, it is important to remember that many archives continue to be accessible.  But audiovisual materials are only accessible remotely if they have been digitized; digitization for preservation and access is costly and time-consuming.  Prioritizing digitization requires advocacy from the archive and commitment from administration and stakeholders.  For example, the British Library's Save Our Sounds program to preserve Britain's sound heritage has been a success story in the race to save sound recordings from being forever silenced.  The UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive's project with Adam Matthew Digital and its partnership in California Revealed are two ways that the Archive has striven to preserve imperiled recordings.  Audiovisual archives around the world are adapting to new realities while working to acquire, describe, preserve, and make accessible fragile and historic recordings.

Part of the Nazir Ali Jairazbhoy Colloquium Series, sponsored by The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Department of Ethnomusicology

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